Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.
THE ENIGMA OF JON HUNTSMAN BY PEGGY NOONANWALL STREET JOURNAL
His support for gay civil unions is supposedly controversial, but is it? It is a compromise position, and the tea party won't be made unhappy by it: Social issues are not their focus. Mitch Daniels was knocked for calling for a social issues truce some months ago, but only because he put a name on what is happening anyway. There is an informal truce on social issues in the GOP, but no one likes hearing potential leaders mention it, because then the other leaders have to take a side.
THEIR TEMPER TANTRUM EDITORIALNEW YORK TIMES
Congressional Republicans, who played a major role in piling up the government's unsustainable debt in the first place, have thrown a tantrum and walked out of the debt limit talks. This bit of grandstanding has brought the nation closer to the financial crisis that Republicans have been threatening for weeks. But, at least now, their real goals are in sharp focus.
CONGRESS'S CHOICE ON LIBYA EDITORIALNEW YORK TIMES
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee plans to vote on the Kerry-McCain measure next week. The majority leader, Harry Reid, has said he has the votes in the Senate. Thankfully, some Senate Republicans also seem to understand the importance of the United States following through on its national security commitments. We hope, after Friday, we will be able to say the same thing about the House.
WHO TAKES US TO WAR? BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMERWASHINGTON POST
Resolution of this issue will require time, dispassion and therefore inevitably a commission — say, chaired by a former president of each party, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and consisting of former legislators, judges and generals, with perhaps a couple of historians and not more than one international lawyer thrown in. ... We need a set of rules governing the legality of any future war. This will allow us to concentrate on the most important question: its wisdom.
WHY DOES THE AFGHANISTAN WAR GO ON? BY EUGENE ROBINSONWASHINGTON POST
Obama did say that when military intervention is called for, it should be international rather than unilateral. As an example, he cited Libya, where NATO is nominally in charge. He must have missed the speech by his outgoing defense secretary, Robert Gates, who warned that NATO is devolving into a toothless joke. The president was crystal clear on just one point: For now, the war goes on.
THE CASE FOR COMMON EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS BY JEB BUSH & JOEL KLEINWALL STREET JOURNAL
It is the states' responsibility to foster an education system that leads to rising student achievement. State leaders, educators, teachers and parents are empowered to ensure every student has access to the best curriculum and learning environment. Governors and lawmakers across the country are acting to adopt bold education reform policies. This is the beauty of our federal system. It provides 50 testing sites for reform and innovation.